Alabang Country Club
Both the Alabang Country Club and Club 515 could face punishments from the Inter-Agency Task Force. (Photo from Alabang Country Club website)

The Alabang Country Club and Club 515 could face penalties if the National Task Force Against COVID-19 decides to crack the whip following the unauthorized tournaments they staged last August.

The tripartite government agencies of Games and Amusements Board, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Health, which formed the guidelines for the Joint Administrative Order, already forwarded a recommendation to the Task Force.

GAB chairman Baham Mitra said it is up to the Task force if they would implement the decision.

“Our group has forwarded it to the IATF already and the National Task Force was already given instructions to implement the decision. I am not at liberty to disclose it,” said Mitra.

According to reports, the JAO found the Alabang Country Club hosted an intra-club tournament organized by Club 515 last Aug. 28 and 29, at a time when Metro Manila was still under General Community Quarantine.

Under the General Guidelines No. 3 of the JAO No. 2020-0001, non-professional sporting events such as tournaments, competitive events and athletic meets shall not be permitted on certain quarantine levels.

The JAO also gathered information that participants in the 14th PEMCOR Cup, hosted by Club 515 at Alabang Country Club, did not wear facemasks during the said tournament.

“The JAO group has finished its investigation and has submitted its findings to the IATF through the DOH. We hope that those found to have violated the guidelines be sanctioned,’’ said PSC chairman William Ramirez.

Just recently, Sherwood Golf and Country Club in Trece Martires City was forced to close following orders from Cavite Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla due to a tournament it held.

“At this time of pandemic we are governed by rules that are made to make us all safe. We urge everyone to abide by it,” said Mitra.

“The joint administrative order of the GAB, PSC and DOH is the document that governs the conduct of sporting activities and we plead to everyone to follow it,” Mitra said, adding that they are open to discussion with Alabang Country Club and Club 515.

A letter from the PSC has already been forward to Alabang Country Club president Virgilio Balaguer requesting to provide information on the alleged activity. Alabang Country Club board chairman Homer B. Perez and Balaguer have informed the PSC that they have an ongoing investigation regarding the incident.

The board, which formed a special committee to look into the matter, said it would submit the result of the investigation and recommendation. However, it’s been two weeks and officials from Alabang Country Club have not reached out to the PSC regarding the issue. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (